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Kalamazoo County wants to renew its law enforcement tax on May 3. If it passes, the levy would last for six years. The rate will stay at its current level - about 1.45 mills. That means a taxpayer whose home is worth $100,000 on the market would pay just over $70 a year toward the tax.

The money the millage raises helps to fund a range of county departments, from animal services to the prosecutor’s office to district and circuit court. Kalamazoo County sheriff Rick Fuller says everyone who pays toward the millage stands to gain from it, as it helps to cover services such as the Kalamazoo County jail.

"KALAMAZOO, MI – As many as eight sheriff's deputies could potentially face layoffs if a stalemate in negotiations between Kalamazoo County and Oshtemo Township over a police services contract isn't resolved by Dec. 31." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – The Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees largely put the issue of starting its own police department to bed during a more than three-hour meeting Tuesday, with members electing instead to resume negotiations with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's office to continue to provide the township's law enforcement needs." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – Fewer sheriff's deputies could be patrolling Kalamazoo County roads if Oshtemo Township follows a consultant's advice to form its own police force. At a time when state revenue sharing cuts and rising costs have lowered the county's road patrol force of 42 deputies to roughly the same as 1968 levels, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says he is eager to reach a new contract agreement with Oshtemo to ensure the seven officers currently assigned to that township aren't lost. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI -- Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Swafford has become the first candidate to announce he will run for sheriff in 2016. Swafford, a 52-year-old Democrat, currently works for the sheriff's office as a field training officer that helps develop new deputies in the jail division, according to a press release announcing Swafford's candidacy. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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